Schools and learning: latest service update

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School attendance and absence

Children missing from education

Children missing from education are children of compulsory school age who:

  • don’t have a school place
  • aren’t receiving a suitable education in any other way

Children aren’t missing from education if they:

  • have a school place but aren’t attending regularly
  • are being educated at home

See school attendance and absence and home education for information and advice.

Refer a child missing from education

Let us know if you think a child is missing from education. You can stay anonymous and we will carry out checks before contacting the parents or carers. You can:

● use the referral form
● call us on 03330 322 962
● email us at cme@essex.gov.uk

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